Pursuant to reference (a), the following report of the attack
by Japanese air squadrons on Pearl Harbor at 0755, Sunday, December
7, 1941 is submitted:
CONDITION OF SHIP
At the time the attack occurred this vessel was moored in
berth 18, Repair Basin, Pearl Harbor outboard of the U.S.S. Sicard
undergoing navy yard overhaul. All services were being received
from the dock. There was no ammunition on board and the ship's
one 3"A.A. gun had been previously removed from the ship.
No fuel (coal) was onboard the ship. The boilers, auxiliary
machinery and main engine, anchor engine and fantail capstan
were all disabled.
Due to the above facts this vessel had no offensive or defensive
power at the beginning of the attack except for some 30 caliber
ammunition in the Abandon Ship Locker.
- At the time the attack occurred, this vessel's allowance
of small arms (12 Springfield rifles and 6 .45 cal. colt automatic
pistols) were served out and the ammunition from the Abandon
Ship Locker was broken out and issued. Members of the deck force
were given all rifles and opened fire on all low flying enemy
planes. No hits were observed. Ammunition for the pistols was
borrowed from the U.S.S. Sicard.
- The ship's one (1) Lewis machine gun was mounted and as soon
as ammunition for it could be borrowed from the U.S.S. Sicard
(inboard of this vessel), pans were filled and fire was opened
on low flying enemy planes.
- As this vessel has no steel helmets, none having been sent
to Samoa, from whence this vessel has recently arrived, all personnel
not actually engaged in firing upon enemy aircraft were ordered
to take shelter as numerous bomb and shrapnel fragments were
falling all about.
- All fire hoses were lead out and the ship was placed in material
readiness for battle.
CONDUCT OF CREW
- The conduct of the crew was, without exception,
exemplary and praiseworthy. All hands were calm and collected
and carried out all orders smartly. Those who manned the small
arms and remained exposed, firing upon low flying aircraft, exhibited
willing personal bravery.
- "J." "C." HALE, 380 60 84, CBM (AA),
USN is deserving of praise. HALE is the Executive Officer of
this vessel (there being only one officer the signer, attached
to the vessel), and was the commanding officer at the time the
air attack started. On his own initiative he initiated all the
offensive and defensive action listed above until the writer
was able to make his way back to the ship. He displayed a high
degree of brave and calm leadership.
This vessel suffered no casualties to either personnel or